The exhibition is part of an on-going series of work that began in 2005 related to a specific road and its immediate landscape features. The poem ‘song of the open road’ by Whitman gave an underlying reference to the initial driving force and recently the writing of Robert Macfarlane centred on the sensibilities of travel, journey and movement through landscape. Macfarlane in ‘Landmarks’ explores in part the sense of returning and deepening an understanding of the places constant in our life.
The familiarity of Leigh's own travel along the road through its varied topography and ordinariness and in its specific qualities has allowed other perceived references to establish themselves, between the literal and the non-visible present.
It is layered through its own history, season, time of day, journey by foot or car to form a new place, a place of the inner mind where thoughts and sensed ideas find some rest. The work ultimately strives to evidence this state of rest and understanding within ourselves, a presentness of being.